Kibworth Harcourt and Kibworth Beauchamp (The Kibworths) Neighbourhood Plan

Latest update – January 2018

Referendum result

  • Number of papers voting YES = 1,111
  • Number of papers voting NO = 77
  • Spoilt papers = 3
  • Total votes cast = 1,191 (Turnout 24.8%)

In accordance with the Regulations and Harborough District Council’s scheme of delegation The Kibworths Neighbourhood Development Plan is ‘made’ i.e. adopted, and planning applications in the Parish must be considered against The Kibworths Neighbourhood Development Plan, as well as existing planning policy, such as the Harborough District Core Strategy and the National Planning Policy Framework and Guidance.

December 2017

Kibworth parish councils have agreed to use some of their remaining Neighborhood Plan funds to produce a leaflet to be delivered to every household in January to inform all households in Kibworth Harcourt and Kibworth Beauchamp of the referendum vote taking place on Thursday 25th January 2017 (7am until 10pm) at the Kibworth Grammar School Hall.  Polling cards are due to be issued after Christmas.

The question on the ballot paper will be:

‘Do you want Harborough District Council to use the Neighbourhood Plan for The Kibworths to help it decide planning applications in the Neighbourhood area?’

If more than 50% of those voting agree with this question i.e. vote YES, then the Neighbourhood Plan for the Kibworths is made i.e. adopted, and HDC planning officers will need to take account of the policies for all planning applications in the Kibworths from then for the next few years.

November 2017

The Harborough District Council Executive at their meeting on 6th November 2017, accepted this recommendation:

  • That the Executive accepts the Independent Examiner’s recommended changes to the Kibworths’ Neighbourhood Plan as set out in the schedule at Appendix A and notes the recommendation that the amended Kibworths’ Neighbourhood Plan should proceed to a referendum of voters within the two Parishes of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt to establish whether the Plan should form part of the Development Plan for the Harborough District.
  • That the Executive approves the holding of a referendum relating to the Kibworths Neighbourhood Plan on 25th January 2018 that will include all of the registered electors in both of the Kibworth Parishes.

This decision now requires final ratification at the Full Council meeting on 11th December 2017.

October 2017

Following agreement by representatives of the Neighbourhood Plan Group, the changes recommended by the Examiner were made to the submission version to create a final version (post-examiner). The amendments were also approved by both parish councils.  This is a link to the web page on the Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council website where this final version can be seen and downloaded.

We are now awaiting confirmation by HDC of a date for the referendum.

July 2017

Following the Regulation 16 consultation, the submission draft version of the Kibworths Neighbourhood Plan was then sent to the external examiner, Rosemary Kidd.  She has provided a list of 36 preliminary questions requiring clarification.  The KNPG are meeting on 2 August to produce responses to all 36 queries. Some of the responses have had to be answered by the District Council as Local Planning Authority (LPA) e.g. ‘Has a figure for future housing developments in the plan area been agreed? If so, what is it?‘ – response from Matt Bills at HDC was:  ‘Draft Local Plan Policy GD2 – Settlement development, Policy H1 – Housing are relevant. The Local Plan does not at this time propose to allocate housing to The Kibworths, which will continue to be classified as a Rural Centre in the Settlement Hierarchy.’  So in other words, HDC planners are currently working on a figure of 0 (zero) additional housing for the Kibworths in the new Local Plan.

February 2017

Following the more than 6 weeks of Regulation 14 consultation of the draft Kibworths’ Neighbourhood Plan in December and early January, the KNPG met on 26 January 2017 to review all the comments from the consultation that had ended in early January.  The amendments are now being made to the Plan which will go to HDC for the Regulation 16 consultation (also 6 weeks) once both parish councils have approved it (KHPC approved it ready for Reg 16 consultation at their February meeting, and KBPC are due to make a decision at their meeting on 28 February).

Following this Regulation 16 consultation, HDC will arrange for an external examiner to review the Plan.  Provided the examiner does not reject the Plan, a review of comments will take place followed by publication of the final Kibworths’ Neighbourhood Plan and HDC will then arrange for a referendum for all residents on the electoral rolls for Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt.  If more than 50% of those voting approve the Plan, it will become adopted or ‘made’, and then carries considerable weight for the policies, and HDC must take account of these policies.

January 2016

Results of questionnaire now available on the KNPG website – see below.

The KNPG survey questionnaire was distributed to every household, and also made available to be completed online.  The link to KNPG website is 


Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council, as the relevant body, applied for the designation of The Kibworths Neighbourhood Area on 7 November 2014. The application was advertised for a 6 week period ending on 1 January 2015 and was approved by the Portfolio Holder for Planning Services on 16 January 2015.

The launch meeting for the public to hear more about the process and to appoint a chairman of the Neighbourhood Plan Group took place at 7.30pm on Friday 6th February 2015 at the Kibworth Grammar School Hall.


1 Welcome
Outline of the meeting’s purpose and agenda.
(Cllr Dr Kevin Feltham, Chairman, Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council)
2 Basic principles and rules of a Neighbourhood Planning Group.
Question and answer session to answer any queries from those attending.
(Matthew Bills, Neighbourhood and Green Spaces Officer, Harborough District Council)
3 Election of a Chairman.
(The elected Chairman will then take the c hair)
4 Acceptance and approval of the Constitution.
5 Election of a secretary and other members to the Group.
6 Appointment of KBPC and KHPC representatives to the Group.
7 Discussion on the possible date, venue and time of the next meeting.

John Hooley was voted in as Chairman by a majority of the 80+ people present.  A further 11 people volunteered to be on the Steering Group together with two representatives each from the Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt Parsih Councils.  Janet Riley agreed to be vice-chairman.  The first meeting of the new group was held at 7.30pm on Monday 9th February 2015 in the Studio of the Grammar School Hall.  A second meeting was held at 7.30pm on 19th February also in the Studio at the Grammar School Hall, and four groups were agreed: Data and Finance, Communications, Ideas and Facilitator Appointment; they will meet before the next meeting.  A third meeting was held on 5th March and approved the engagement of YourLocale as facilitator.

A consultation event was held on Monday 6th July at the Kibworth Cricket Club. About 200 residents came along to look at the display boards, to add comments and to discuss implications of more housing, more traffic and more employment opportunities.

Paperwork for the Neighbourhood Plan is available on the website at

KNPG Consultation Analysis July 2015 is the results from the consultation event on 6th July 2015.